Nothing says summer like a sparkling aquamarine pool shimmering in the sunshine of your backyard and happy laughter from kids splashing in the cool water. Pools are a great luxury addition to any Georgetown, Texas home, but with the pleasure comes responsibility to maintain a safe environment for every member of your family, your pets and any and all invited (and possibly uninvited) guests.
What is supposed to bring joy, fun and a safe haven for your family to enjoy during hot summer days and warm summer evenings can become a nightmare – nothing destroys the happiness of the summer season like the untimely death of a friend or loved one in a swimming pool.
The first consideration is choosing a location for your pool and deciding how to make it safe, secure and private. Many state and cities have enacted swimming pool barrier codes, ordinances and laws.
Georgetown TX has some special requirements – permits for new pool construction, see: http://inspections.georgetown.org/pools/ and also these special considerations:
“A fence, wall or barrier is required that completely surrounds the swimming pool, tract, or lot. Barrier requirements are intended to provide against potential drowning and near drowning by restricting access to swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. A complete list of requirements can be obtained in the 2000 International Residential Code and 1999 Standard Association Codes. A copy of these codes can be reviewed at Inspections Services and at the Georgetown Public Library.”
Once your pool is constructed and properly secured- here are a few questions to consider:
- Did you know that an average of 390 children ages 0 – 14 die in pool and spa drowning each year? Roughly 5,200 more are treated for injuries in emergency rooms.
- Does your pool have anti-entrapment drain covers that are compliant with the P&SS Act?
- Are all pool and spa covers in working order?
- Has the public pool or spa you use been inspected to ensure it is compliant with federal, state and local laws?
- Has someone in the family received training in CPR, first aid and emergency response?
- Has everyone learned to swim?
Here is a list of basic things you can do to make swimming in your pool enjoyable and safe for everyone from this very helpful pool safety site: http://poolsafely.gov/pool-spa-safety/
- Always watch your child when they are in or near a pool or spa
- Teach children basic water safety tips
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
- Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
- Protect pets! If there are no steps, provide a non-slip ramp for getting out. Spend sufficient time training your pet to go up the ramp so they will use it if they are alone.
- Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
- Install a four-foot or taller fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors and community groups to do the same at all residential and public pools
- If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door and window alarms and always use them
- Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
- Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask if you do not know
- Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
- Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
- Have life-saving equipment such as life rings and reaching poles available
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